365 Days Writing Prompts #2 – The Rescue

Tell us about the time you rescued someone else (person or animal) from a dangerous situation. What happened? How did you prevail?

Instead of narrating an incident where I could have rescued someone, I would like to write something on how can you rescue someone.

Yes, you read it right. You might be wondering how can you rescue someone. Around 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year and of these 135,000 are from India, which accounts for around 17% of the total suicide deaths in the world when you calculate. And the numbers are rising significantly every year. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal have been identified as the cities where most suicides happen. Tamil Nadu has the highest suicide rates as compared to other states.

If you consider the male: female ratio in this matter, you would find that we rank at 6th position in Female Suicide Statistics and we stand at 22nd in Male Suicide Statistics

This is just in India, but if you see the larger picture you would be surprised to see that, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds in some part of our World. And the global  suicide rates have increased 60% in the past 45 years.

If you wiki Suicide, it provides you a long list of common causes for SUICIDE like the following

  1. Bankruptcy
  2. Mental Disorders
  3. Substance Use
  4. Problem Gambling
  5. Medical Conditions
  6. Media so on and so forth

But the Suicide.org actually sums it down into one single REASON. That is UNTREATED DEPRESSION. Depression can be one of the major reasons for the increase in suicides around us.

Depression when treated can heal a person completely and never make him course his journey towards Suicide. But on the other hand, when people do not take proper treatments they drift away from all the so-called Helplines, Crisis Help Centers, Family, Friends, Loved ones and all and isolate themselves only to kill their own life, which is quite painful. It is nothing but tragedy.

Suicide.org states, over 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death. And the most common illness is DEPRESSION. Negative experiences in life cause few people to sink into depression. Losing jobs, Loss of loved ones, Serious trauma, or some tragic incident in one’s life could be the common reasons for people who become depressed.

90% of the times, it goes untreated because people do not share their pain with others. And there is this solid theory in their minds, that NOBODY UNDERSTANDS ME. The stigma associated with Suicide makes them feel that if they reach out for help people may think they are vulnerable. But very often people forget that, even strong people too succumb to self killings.

Famous examples of people who were successful in their lives but still killed themselves are : Adolf Hitler, Cleopatra,  Kurt Cobain, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh, Robin Williams and the list goes on.

So when a person approaches for help, do not shun them away. Because anyone can be VULNERABLE. Instead here’s how you can help them:

The below list has been extracted from the WHO report on “Preventing Suicide – A global imperative” I hope these facts will help you save some lives.

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Always remember that people who want to end themselves often intend think killing themselves will kill their pain and put an end to it. Seldom do they know that killing oneself is not a solution for any problem. Remind them that there is still hope for the hopeless in this world. All you have to do is reach out. Reach out to your close friends and come out of the emotional black hole all by yourself.

In order to rescue someone, all you need is your presence. Many times, due to lack of guidance, people think suicide is #1 option. But, your presence can make your friend lead a good life than allowing him to commit suicide. Watch out for those signs, do not allow them to be in isolation for a long time, and also stop allowing them to reside in dark places. Be their light, be their helping hand.

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Because Suicides are preventable. You can be a super hero for someone who has gone astray from the path of life. All it takes is a helping hand.


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